It matters not, this contract extension Ron Wilson is gloating over. Or at least, it changes nothing.
He makes the playoffs, he'll stay as Leaf coach. He misses, he won't. This extension is mostly about feathering his nest, at least in terms of certainty. He'll get his money, which is apparently what he wanted under his tree and Brian Burke was happy to provide.
What does matter, in a larger sense, is that this is an undeniable instance of Burke's hockey club openly embracing mediocrity.
Miss the playoffs three straight years, then get to 14th overall in a 30-team league with a weak defensive record (25th out of 30) and the worst penalty killing (30th out of 30) in hockey and the coach responsible for it all gets a handsome, multi-million reward.
"Winning if necessary but not necessarily winning." It was a cheeky, mock phrase applied to the Leafs that originated in the Steve Stavro ownership days, but rings just as true today.
This extension proves it.
Wilson and Burke have talked ad nauseum about getting rid of "blue-and-white disease" in the dressing room. But there is no greater expression of blue-and-white disease, basically defined as accepting what others would see as average result as excellence, than that which Burke has delivered in extending Wilson at this time.
Mikhail Grabovski and John-Michael Liles, both in the last year of their contracts, must play on without new deals.
But not Fibber Ron. He gets taken care of.
This is why people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary and Winnipeg chortle "plan the parade" every time the Leafs win two in a row.
Mediocrity is celebrated in Leaf-land like no place else in hockey. Hell, mediocrity pays in Toronto like no place else in hockey.
Eventually, should the Leafs not make the post-season and Wilson is jettisoned, Rogers and Bell may also want to know why the lame-duck Ontario Teachers Pension Fund had any business approving such an contract extension, particularly with another NHL lockout in the offing.
But Wilson, for now, gets to gloat. Enjoy it, coach.